The Nativity (Westinghouse Studio One)
Live teleplay from CBS's "Studio One" program.
Run time 59 minutes 26 secondsProducer Fletcher MarkleProduction Company Columbia Broadcast SystemSponsor WestinghouseAudio/Visual sound, B/WLanguage EnglishContact Information <a href=http://video-cellar.blogspot.com/>The Video Cellar</a>
Season 5 Episode 13 (22 December 1952)
Features original Westinghouse promotions presented by Betty Furness.
The Story of the Nativity
a musical play based on 14th and 15th century story cycles
The Robert Shaw Chorale
Franklyn J Schaffner
August 1, 2012
The Nativity (Studio One in Hollywood)
Season 5, episode 13.
Original air date: 22 December 1952.
Cast: The Robert Shaw Chorale (Voices), Betty Furness (Commercial Spokeswoman), Lloyd Bochner (Magi: uncredited), John Cannon (Announcer Voice: uncredited), Thomas Chalmers (King Herod: uncredited), Hurd Hatfield (Narrator: uncredired), Paul tripp (Joseph: uncredited) and Miriam Wolfe (The Virgin Mary: uncredited).
There were no commercial interruptions during the actual play.
December 13, 2011
One man's comments
My wife and I watched this Studio One presentation of "The Nativity" today. It was a bit different from what I expected, but it was enjoyable. The production is almost Shakespearean in tone with the occasional archaic word (I think I heard "hie," as in "go quickly" three times.) and much of the script in rhyme. In fact, a paragraph in the opening credits mentioned that the play was done in the manner of 14th and 15th century plays.
The technical quality of my download (burned to DVD) was fine, with no serious problems in video or audio. Some segments were a bit dark, but that darkness appeared to be part of the original production.
One nice feature of the program was that, in consideration of the subject matter, the story was not interrupted by commercials. Betty Furness (the traditional spokeswoman for sponsor Westinghouse) came on at the beginning for a commercial about the company's televisions, then returned at the end with commercials for a clothes dryer and a portable radio.